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Entry requirements

  • A completed BA degree with a major in the intended subject; or
  • A completed Bachelor’s degree with a minor in the intended subject followed by a Graduate Certificate in Arts endorsed in the intended subject; or
  • A completed Bachelor’s degree followed by a Graduate Diploma in Arts in the intended subject;

Students must achieve at least a B average in their 200 and 300-level majoring courses.

Students who have completed the following postgraduate qualifications may be eligible for direct entry to part two of the Master of Arts:

  • A completed Bachelor of Arts(Honours) endorsed in the intended subject area. At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts endorsed in the intended subject area. At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
  • Note: At least a B+ grade average is required for entry to the Research Pathway. A B grade average across the 700 level courses is required for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
  • A completed Postgraduate Diploma in Second Language Teaching with at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Master of Arts (Second Language Teaching) Research Pathway or a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.
  • A completed Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies with at least a B+ grade average for entry to the Master of Arts (Museum Studies) Research Pathway or a B grade average for entry to the Coursework Pathway.

If English is not your first language and the qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English was the medium of instruction, you have the additional requirement of having to achieve an IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.

  • Students who have been awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts or a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree may be eligible for direct admission to Part Two of the Master’s degree and complete a total of 120 credits, including all of Part Two.
  • Students who hold a Massey University Postgraduate Diploma in Arts may be eligible to surrender the Diploma towards a Master’s degree and complete a total of 60/120 credits depending on course pathway. The maximum time-frame in which a qualification can be surrendered is five years from completion of that qualification.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

The Master of Arts is a 180 credit parts-based programme. Students who have completed a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in the same subject area may be admitted directly to Part Two and complete 120 credits.

Transition

Students who commenced a Master of Arts degree in 2014 or earlier, may be eligible to transfer to the 180 credit regulations from 2015. Students who transfer to the 2015 regulations must then meet all requirements of the new regulations.

If you have completed fewer than 90 credits as at 1 January 2015, you must transfer to the new Master of Arts regulations.

If you have completed 90 credits or more as at 1 January 2015, you may continue under your previous Master of Arts regulations.

All requirements must be completed by the end of 2017, when these transition regulations will expire.

Planning your programme

The Master of Arts may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

To be considered for Distinction/Merit all requirements must be completed within 18 months for full-time study or 4 years for part-time study. Students may change from part-time to full-time study (and vice-versa) prior to admission to part two.

Students enrolling in a thesis commence with part one followed by part two in the next enrolment period. Both parts combine to meet the thesis requirements with a single grade assigned to each part. If the thesis cannot be submitted at the end of the initial part two enrolment, the student must re-enrol in part two (and pay fees) each semester until submission is made.

The maximum time permitted for completion of the Master of Arts is 5 years.

Master of Arts structure

At least a B grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Coursework Pathway.

At least a B+ grade average is required in the first 60 credits of courses completed in Part One for progression to Part Two - Research Pathway.

Students who successfully complete Part One but do not meet the minimum grade average for progression will exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

This qualification may be awarded with Distinction or Merit.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

Courses

Courses to the value of 180 credits selected from a single subject area following either a course work or research pathway.  Please refer to the specific MA endorsement pages for further details..

Majors or endorsements

Defence and Security Studies
Economics
Education
English
Geography
History
Maori Studies
Media Studies
Museum Studies
Philosophy
Politics
Psychology
Social Anthropology
Social Policy
Sociology
Spanish


How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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